@MrsBananas: I had my HSG yesterday, and here’s what I posted about it in the 6 months+ thread:
“I had my HSG today, and while it was painful, the experience really wasn’t too bad. I took two Aleve before I went and felt perfectly fine being there by myself and driving myself home afterwards. The HSG showed good results with my right tube, but my left tube didn’t have the same “good flow and spillage” of the dye. However, they did say my left tube wasn’t completely blocked, as some dye was able to get through all the way. The doctor said that while my left tube’s results were “inconclusive,” he felt confident that I can get pregnant without too many problems. We’ll see! Hopefully the dye cleared out some cobwebs in there! :)”
Anyway, to address your questions about having someone come along, I was gently encouraged by the Radiology department in the hospital to come alone, as they don’t let anyone back into the room for the actual test with the patient (perhaps it’s different at other facilities, I’m not sure what all the policies are!). I was actually glad that I went alone, as the waiting room was small and very crowded and I didn’t want DH to have to take time off from work for something that I was fine doing by myself. I figure I’ll save DH’s time off from work for future, more involved treatments, should we require them. However, if you might feel more comfortable having someone with you for support, then by all means, go for it! Everyone has different preferences and experiences!
For me, the test started out with discomfort, which evolved into minor cramps that increased in intensity to moderately painful near the end of the test. However, the test went by REALLY quickly, and as soon as the doctor stopped the flow of the dye, 98% of the pain stopped (I was left with a very minor achy feeling that subsided pretty quickly). The pain wasn’t fun, but it was nothing that couldn’t be handled with some breathing exercises and imagery (I’m a psychologist!). 🙂 Later yesterday evening, I noticed some occasional achiness, but not enough to take any additional painkillers. Overall, not a horrible experience, although I am worried about my “inconclusive” left tube! However, it’s nice to have extra information to help narrow down what might be going on, as I have my first RE appointment at the end of this month (we’re just starting month #9 of TTC and all of my other fertility tests have come back within the normal range).
I know everyone’s experience is different, but I wanted to add my two cents as well! Hopefully it’s helpful! If anyone has any other questions, I’d be happy to add more details about my experience! I wish everyone the best of luck with their tests and journeys!